What's become of the Democratic Party?
To the Editor:
Joe and Joan Q. Public are stunned, as if hammered for slaughter like cattle, with the metamorphosis of the Democrat party.
Members who are progressives have made serious inroads to the party's agenda so that it is no longer the party of the loyal opposition and that of the working man/woman.
Rather, the party is now geared to obstruction and resistance
so that service to the people and the country is secondary.
It is difficult to determine the precise time of this transformation but the Obama presidency, for one, made it evident when he made his apology tour and his expressed distain of the nation's anthem – "the rockets and bombs bursting in air" he claimed was offensive to others. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, inclusion of a reference to God was booed and rejected.
The negative change in tenor of the leaders of the party has led to a rush of people who may not be party members but ascribe with vitriol to the resistance path. For example, the most vulgar offensive pejorative of a woman has been directed at the President's daughter.
One obstruction group has published the identification of 1,600 ICE agents. Another group wants ICE agents killed.
Fatuous and corpulent Michael Moore urges sacrificing one's body to this resistance army. (It is left to the reader to decipher his mutterings.)
Maxine Waters, herself a member of Congress, urges active resistance to government agents.
And these are but some of the seemingly innumerable despicable comments and actions of entertainers, media people, and groups. Hatred of Trump has transformed to downright evil.
Rank and file Democrats themselves must be utterly bewildered and offended by those who wish to put a new face on their party. Why are their leaders mute on what is transpiring? Not a word of rebuke or condemnation from our governor, representatives Cicilline and Langevin or senators Whitehouse and Reed, not to mention the silence from the national leaders. Their silence is revealing and it is shameful.
Is party loyalty and winning so paramount that they sacrifice their integrity? (Billy Graham is but one who warns us to choose good; people of every stripe should heed his admonition, especially in the heated environment of politics.)
It may be too late to restore the Democrat Party to the noble stature it held in our fathers' day. This writer would not dare to predict its reformation. But leadership of the party should understand the obvious, no one wants to be affiliated with a political organization that is being so degradingly transformed.
No one, Democrat or otherwise, can take pleasure in this abysmal new Democrat party and it would be wise for leadership to get moving.